Thursday, December 22, 2011

Snowman Holiday Cards

I made the following holiday cards last night - same basic card, just a slightly different layout.  I needed one to put the gift card in for my daughter's teacher and the other for a co-worker who likes to scrapbook.

Snowman is from gypsy wanderings and the phrase is from Winter Frolic.  Stamped phrase on the second card is from Stampin Up.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Polar Bear Christmas Card

I made the following card for a friend of mine at work.  I used the darker colored papers to make it a bit more masculine.  The smaller circle was the only part that was cut using the cricut.  The stamp is from Whipper Snapper Designs and is colored in with Copic Sketch markers. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Cards

Hi Everyone!  I've been busy making holiday cards for my husband.  He runs his own travel company and wanted to send holiday thank you cards to his clients - I used the same base card design that I came up with for his company's thank you cards, but added the whimsical Santa in swim trunks and a more whimsical palm tree.  The Santa is from Jolly Holidays, minus his inner tube and sandals.  He's cut at 2.5" and the sunglasses were a little bit of a pain to glue on.  I need to make 50 of these in total, so I only have about 12 more to go. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Good Morning!  I have a few cards to share with you today.

The first one my 6 yo wanted to make a Get Well card for her music teach.  She picked out all of the colors, embellishments, etc and wrote the sentiment on the front.  I think it turned out super cute. 

For the next card, she needed a quick birthday card for her friend Connor's birthday party.  She picked out all of the colors and even put this one together herself - I only helped with the cutting on the cricut.  She's becoming quite the little card maker these days!

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

OMG - It's been a while!

Where has the time gone?  I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted and that it's December already - yikes!  I will have to apologize, as I was on vacation for 2 weeks at the beginning of the month to go to Puerto Vallarta for a friend's wedding and then we got back right before the big Thanksgiving festivities.

Without further adieu, here's a picture of the blog candy and the winner of the winter blog hop:

And the winner, picked by is . . . .

Newbie2crafting said...

lovely layouts.


Congratulations Dana!
Please send your mailing address to and I will ship this out to you!

 John and Allison - the wedding was at a small church in a Puerto Vallarta neighborhood.
 Dancing with the dolphin
 A fishy kiss
 At the marina for the Wedding Reception
 A picture with the bride - Allison
 Family picture from our suite's balcony at sunset
So many amazing sunsets. . .

Friday, November 4, 2011

Winter/Christmas Themed Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Winter/Christmas Blog Hop celebrating our favorite time of the year. This Blog Hop is hosted by Paulette, from Around the Block with Scrapalette.  Thank you Paulette for hosting!

You can start at the beginning of the hop at

Here are my projects for the blog hop - I'm trying to focus on layouts these days because I am so far behind.  The first is a Christmas theme with Santa Claus.  The cuts (ornaments, tree with snow and Santa Claus title) are all from the Christmas Solutions cartridge.  I added Frosted Lace stickles to some of the snowy areas on the tree.  Paper is DCWV.

Next are winter themed.  On these next layouts, the paper had a lot of embellishment already so I kept the Cricut cuts to a minimum.

Snowman is from Smiley Cards and Winter Fun Title is from Winter Frolic.  Ice Angel title uses Gypsy Font Monogram.  All paper is from DCWV - I just love their paper stacks!

Thanks for hopping by, please be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win blog candy - it will be a surprise as I haven't had a chance to get to the store, but will go this weekend.  Of course, if you like my projects, I would love for you to also become a follower.

Your next stop is

Here is the entire Blog Hop list in case you got lost along the way or want to go back and check out everyone's fabulous projects again!

1. Paulette at
2. Debbie at
3. Carolyn at
4. Brenda at
5. Maria at
6. Chris at
7. Cindy at
8. Michele at
9. Lisa at   <---- You are here
10. Dana at   <---- Hop here next
11. Nancy at
12. Madylyn at
13. Wini at
14. Renee at
15. Tammy at
16. Debbie at
17. Kim at
18. Brandi at
19. Sharon at
20. Liz at

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Even more backpack notes

Although I have struggled to find the time on occassion, I have still be keeping up with the backpack notes every school day.  Here's the latest group

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I WON!!!

I'm so excited!  After entering a lot of the Cricut Circle contests and nevering winning, I finally won! 

Here's my layout that won the Cricut Circle Blogiversary Recipe Challenge. 

My prize for winning is . . . a Cricut Cake Machine!  Happy dance!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cricut Circle Blogiversary: Recipe Challenge

The Challenge: Use your Cricut machines to create a project using the following “recipe.” It must contain 1) A Title; 2) At least 2 Cricut Cuts, and 3) At least 3 buttons.

Here's my layout submission for the Challenge.   The brown cardstock to the right of the picture is where I will put my journaling for the layout.  Last school year the teacher sent home a family project to decorate a cookie jar - I pulled out all of my scrapbooking items and my daughter had so much fun!  It was my husband's idea to take a picture of her hand and add it "reaching" into the cookie jar - it turned out so great!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cricut Circle Blogiversary: Cuttlebug Challenge

The Challenge: Create a project of your choice using your Cuttlebug machine as the main focus. Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weekly Cricut Circle Challenge #42: World Card-Making Day Challenge

The Challenge: For this next challenge, we want to see you show off your card-making skills in honor of World Card-Making Day (October 1st). The requirements are simple . . . create a card with any theme you would like using your Cricut machines!  Need to include at least 2 Cricut image cuts.

Here's my entry.  I love this hippo he/she is sooo cute!  My 2 image cuts are the hippo and the pond with the grasses.  Patterned paper is DCWV.

Cricut Circle Blogiversary: Sketch Challenge

The Challenge: Create a project of your choice using the sketch below. Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

It took me a little while to decide on just one idea for this card from the many I was coming up with.  In the end, I decided that I really wanted to use the Simply Scarecrow cartridge I just purchased a few weeks ago.  The scarecrow, crows and sentiment are all from this cartridge. All of the patterned paper is from DCWV Amber Autumn Stack.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blogiversary Challenge: Monochromatic Color Challenge

The Challenge: Create a project of your choice using a monochromatic color scheme. Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut Image Cuts.

For this challenge and the first time ever, I have used entirely scraps to put together this card!  The card is done in all shades of purples and uses the Cindy Loo cartridge.

Blogiversary Challenge: Exclusive Circle Cartridge

The Challenge: Create a project of your choice with one or more of the Cricut Circle Exclusive cartridges! (French Manor, Shall We Dance, Cricut Everyday, Pop-Up Neighborhood, or Sophie) Your project must include at least 2 different Cricut Image Cuts. And YES! You can mix in other cartridges with your Circle Exclusive cartridges.

For this challenge, I chose to use the Sophie Cricut Cartridge for all 3 of my images. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011


After many long days and much preparation, I'm thrilled to announce that we raised a LOT of money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).  Everyone had a great time at our Peace, Love, Cure Carnival.  Now on to planning for next year - and hopefully more time for me to be crafty and post some new projects!

I do have some more backpack notes to share. . .

Monday, October 3, 2011


Hi All,

I hope to get back to some serious crafting real soon.  I've been a little out of it after my 4 wisdom teeth were extracted a little over a week ago and I developed dry sockets - not to mention an extremely busy work schedule and coordinating my department's Juvenile Diabetes fundraising carnival.  This is my fourth year as captain and although it takes a lot of work, it is well worth it.

In the next few weeks, things should get a little easier for me at work and today the oral surgeon said my extractions were looking good (hopefully they will heal the next week), so I may finally feel like being crafty.  Of course, I have done a little crafting, I'm still making the backpack notes for my daughter every night - she loves them so much and would be so disappointed if I missed a day.

I hope to have a project to share real soon.  Until then, take care everyone.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Backpack notes for the last week of September

Here are my backpack notes for the last week of September.  I forgot to take a picture of the one I put in my daughter's backpack this morning, so that's why there is only four.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tooth Backpack Note

This week has been pretty busy, so only 2 backpack notes so far.  I didn't take a picture of the first, so here's the one from today.

My daughter had a dentist appointment yesterday, so I thought the tooth would be appropriate.

The tooth is cut at 5.25" from Baby Steps.

This tooth is so cute, I'll try to remember how cute this one is when my four wisdom teeth get yanked out on Friday.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


The weather turned out to be beautiful today for the Juvenile Diabetes Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo.  A big thank you to everyone that walked and raised money to help find a cure for diabetes!

A HUGE THANK YOU to a super nice guy and this year's JDRF Walk MC - Lance Allan, Sports Anchor from Today's TMJ4.  Thank you for giving up your Saturday morning to kick off today's walk!

Another big thank you to Peggy, the head of product development (the dept that I work in), for speaking.

There were over 7,000 walkers signed up for this year walk!

We took some time to enjoy the butterfly exhibit...

Peace, Love, Cure!